Thursday, 28 April 2016

It's a busy bank holiday! There's lots on locally.

If you are new to the Peterborough area and looking to combine a house hunting trip at Larkfleet's developments at Hempsted Park, The Paddocks, Anvil Mews or Whittlesey Green with something to do with the family this bank holiday, then take a look at our guide below.

Peterborough Wildlife Festival - A festival of local wildlife including events by local wildlife charities as well as Nene Park Trust.

The Annual Beer Festival at Peterborough Rugby Club

A Georgian Town in the Fens at Peckover House and Gardens

Pasha at the Cresset Theatre, Peterborough

Batman vs Superman at Stamford Arts Centre

Dawn Chorus at Woodwalton Fen

Pottery Market at Stamford

Truckfest at Peterborough

Family Fun Drop in Day at Rutland Waters

Landscape, nature and birdwatching course at Rutland Waters

Sufi at Vivacity

Burghley House and Grounds - Stamford

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Larkfleet Homes teams up with local business backed by Lord Alan Sugar

Larkfleet Homes has placed a contract with Impra-Gas Limited - which is jointly owned by Lord Alan Sugar and Peterborough based Apprentice winner Joseph Valente - to help us build 150 new homes at our Corby site, Gretton Valley.

Impra Gas will be providing gas installation services to the site.  Yaxley-born owner Joseph Valente won The Apprentice TV show in 2015 hosted by Lord Sugar.  His business specialises in the service, maintenance and installation of gas appliances and it was his vision of franchising this business idea that impressed Lord Sugar.

Larkfleet  CEO Karl Hick said:  "We hope this is a start of a long and fruitful relationship with Joseph and Lord Sugar.  We look forward to working together at our new site in Corby."

Lord Sugar's new business partner started his career as an apprentice before going on to found his plumbing business which is now based in Peterborough.

Image courtesy of Impra-Gas

Reserve your new home at pre-launch prices

Our latest development, Bourne Heights in Bourne, Lincolnshire, is already taking reservations just two weeks after launching.

New home buyers can take advantage of our pre-launch prices and reserve their new home this month.  Still available are two, three and five bedroom homes in a number of styles and with solar panels fitted as standard.

Bourne Heights is on the outskirts of the pretty market town of Bourne, lying right in the heart of south Lincolnshire  It is in an outstanding location with green open spaces nearby, making it the perfect place for families and professionals.  Local schools, colleges and transport links are within easy reach as are all the family facilities you could need. 

New home buyers can take advantage of the 'Help to Buy' scheme at Bourne Heights.  The Help to Buy scheme allows home buyers to own 100 per cent of their new Larkfleet home with just a 75 per cent mortgage and a 5 per cent deposit. The remaining 20 per cent of the purchase price is paid for through an equity loan from the government*.

Find out more about Bourne Heights and how 'Help to Buy' could work for you by calling our sales advisors on 07825 275820.

* Terms and conditions apply.

Thursday, 21 April 2016

Larkfleet Homes shortlisted as Housebuilder of the Year

Larkfleet Homes has been shortlisted for the Construction News Awards, Housebuilder of the Year 2016.

The Construction News Awards celebrate their twentieth year this year and are renowned for being the most prestigious and coveted awards in the UK construction industry. They are known throughout the industry for their rigorous judging process and panel of respected judges.

Karl Hick, CEO of Larkfleet Homes, said: “We are delighted to be a finalist in the Housebuilder of the Year category. It is an endorsement from expert, independent judges of the quality of the homes that we build. It sends a strong signal to house buyers that they can purchase a Larkfleet home with confidence.
“We have had a fantastic twelve months which has included expanding our geographical reach with two new brands, Larkfleet South West and Larkfleet Norfolk and Suffolk. Our portfolio now includes these and our more established brands of Allison Homes and Allison Luxury Homes, as well as Larkfleet Homes, Larkfleet Exclusives and The Croft.

Larkfleet Homes specialises in sustainable housebuilding and development. We continue to invest substantially into our research and development programmes focusing on this. We have also invested in a number of community based projects, which include the development of the Larkfleet Community Fund and sponsorship of the Greater Peterborough University Technical College.

“To be named as one of the finalists for this year’s Construction News Awards, Housebuilder of the Year is an honour in itself and we look forward to showcasing the company further during the next stages of the competition.”

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Come along to our ‘hard hat and wellies’ event at Buttercross Park this weekend

Larkfleet Homes is holding a ‘hard hat and wellies’ weekend at its Buttercross Park development in Oakham.

The event will be on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 April from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. It is open to all prospective new home buyers and will give them the opportunity to look at the various sizes and types of property on offer. A discount of £5,000 will be given to those who reserve a new home at the event. 

Buttercross Park is part of the Oakham Heights development and offers a range of traditionally styled eco-friendly and energy efficient 2, 3, 4 and 5 bedroom properties which will suit home buyers looking for a quality home in rural surroundings.
Larkfleet Homes sales manager Sam Watkins said: “The new area of Buttercross Park that we are opening for viewing is still very much a building site – so we’re calling this a ‘hard hat and wellies’ weekend because it could be a bit muddy underfoot if the weather has been wet. We can provide both the hats and the wellies if you need them but feel free to bring your own.

"Buyers who get in at this stage can snap up the best plots – and, of course, get the £5,000 discount we’re offering during the weekend.”

Oakham is a pretty, traditional market town. Bustling with activity, the town boasts a regular market twice a week which includes stalls selling local meats, cheese, bread and eggs. A trip to the market or the monthly Farmers’ Market could coincide with a visit to the numerous cafes, restaurants and pubs.  For active families and outdoor lovers, the renowned water sports facility and stunning nature and wildfowl reserve, Rutland Water, is close by – as is the Catmose Sports Centre.

Nursery, primary and secondary schools can be found in either in Oakham itself or surrounding villages and towns.

For commuters, road links are excellent and towns such as Stamford, Melton Mowbray and Corby are within easy distance.  Leicester and Nottingham are within 35 miles of Buttercross Park. Oakham railway station provides links to Birmingham, Leicester, Peterborough, Cambridge and Stansted Airport.

Call 01572 722262 or email us on if you would like to make an appointment.

Thursday, 14 April 2016

Stamp duty paid at Parson's Prospect

Parson's Prospect is situated in the traditional village of Eye on the edge of the unique and unspoilt Cambridgeshire Fen landscape – but only two miles from the thriving, historic city of Peterborough.

This weekend, we are offering to pay your stamp duty on our last remaining five bedroom home, the Cheltenham, situated on phase four of the development.  Click through to our brochure for details.

The Cheltenham is perfectly laid out for modern family living, complete with a master bedroom with ensuite and dressing room area.  One further bedroom has its own ensuite, whilst the other three remaining bedrooms have access to a good-sized family bathroom.  Downstairs an open kitchen is large enough to incorporate a dining area and separate utility room.  A well-sized living room and separate study area complete the family-friendly layout.

Eye itself is a vibrant village with excellent amenities including a selection of independent shops, pubs and restaurants, library, community centre and a primary school.

Parson’s Prospect is only a short walk from the village’s own nature reserve at Eye Green, and a little further afield there are plenty of opportunities to discover idyllic Fenland waterways, woodlands and wildlife conservation areas. The area is also home to many of England’s most important historical sites including the beautiful cathedral in Peterborough and one of Europe’s most important Bronze Age sites at neighbouring Flag Fen.

Just a short distance from Peterborough and Cambridge, living in Eye will offer commuters the perfect blend of rural tradition and cosmopolitan sophistication.

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Come along and view our new homes at Hempsted Park this weekend.

Larkfleet Homes is holding a ‘hard hat and wellies’ weekend at its Hempsted Park development in Peterborough.

The event will be on Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 April from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. It is open to all prospective new home buyers and will give them the opportunity to look at the Leominster style house.  This is a four bedroom, town house style home with private parking spaces.  We are also offering a £5000 discount on this house style this weekend.

Larkfleet Homes sales manager Sam Watkins said: “Hempsted Park is under construction so parts are still a building site – so our 'hard hat and wellies' event this weekend will take into account the rather muddy areas. We can provide both the hats and the wellies you need but feel free to bring your own!"

Hempsted is a new and developing area situated on the outskirts of the city, giving homeowners the best of both worlds – easy access to the vibrant city life plus excellent communication links by road and rail to London, Cambridge and Stansted Airport.

The heritage city of Peterborough boasts thriving shopping centres such as the nearby purpose-built Serpentine Green and historic Cathedral Square, with its farmers’ markets, street entertainment and chic wine bars, restaurants and cafes. The city is also well known for being one of the East of England’s most important historical centres, home to the stunning cathedral and the Bronze Age site at Flag Fen. Hempsted sits on the edge of the idyllic Fenland, woodlands and wildlife conservation areas.

This new development brings discerning buyers a range of quality eco-friendly 1, 2, 3, and 4 bedroom homes with solar panels fitted as standard.

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Larkfleet’s Helen Hick shortlisted for award

Larkfleet Homes joint managing director Helen Hick was shortlisted for a prestigious award at the recent Women in Construction Business Awards.

Although ‘pipped at the post’ for the title by Jackie Biswell of Apex Roofing in Lowestoft, Helen was delighted to be one of just six finalists for the 'Business Leader of the Year' award.
Helen said: “To be amongst the finalists for this award is an honour. The number of women working in the construction industry is still relatively low. It is important that we encourage and celebrate the success of those who do choose any one of the very varied roles available to them. The Women in Construction Business Awards do just this and I was delighted to be part of the event.”

The award judges put Helen into the final six as a result of her growing role at Larkfleet Homes where she has worked alongside husband, Karl, to build the company to what it is today – one of the UK’s most successful private housebuilders. Helen was promoted to joint managing director last year and she continues to hold the position of human resources director for parent organisation The Larkfleet Group of Companies.

Thursday, 7 April 2016

Larkfleet Homes announces four new developments.

We are delighted to announce our latest developments in Rutland, Lincolnshire and Cambridgeshire.  The developments at Greetham, Pinchbeck, Thorney and Doddington are now taking registrations of interest.

If you are looking to purchase your first new home this year, make sure you register today.

The developments will be a mix of different house sizes, some of which are perfect for first-time buyers.  Solar panels will be fitted as standard and each home will meet our high environmental and sustainability standards, thus ensuring your home's running costs are kept to a minimum.

So why should you buy your first new home from us?

- We are an established, award-winning family-run business with strong focus on sustainability.
- We offer a number of schemes to help make your first purchase easy, including the government-backed 'Help to Buy' Scheme.
- We are a 'local' business, employing and supporting local people and businesses.

If you are a first time buyer and not sure quite where to start your journey to your new home, our 'First Time Buyers Guide' will take you through all that you need to know.

Wednesday, 6 April 2016

The allure of a train in your garden!

Graham and Sue Diver moved into their new Larkfleet home at The Croft in Baston last year.  The Croft is an age exclusive development offered by Larkfleet Homes.  With varied house styles and private gardens on offer, The Croft appealed to Graham and Sue immediately.

Graham is a keen railway enthusiast and has built model railways as a pastime for many
years.  Having a brand new garden at his disposal proved to be just too much of a temptation and Graham has built a brand new track model railway!

The initial work was started last year and the project was recently finished as the last of the landscaping and planting was completed.

The initial work included marking out the track route and layout, building the foundations and walls.  Laying the track circuits came next with inner and outer circuits, a passing loop and sidings.  Following a brief pause for a holiday, the engine sheds were added to the sidings and a couple of stations and buffer stops completed the scene.

The final landscaping and planting was completed very recently and the trains are now ready to start rolling.

Graham says: “We were very happy with the choice of houses at The Croft.  Obviously, what really swung it for me was having a garden large enough to house a new railway layout.”

Tuesday, 5 April 2016

Just launched - our brand new development at Weldon, Corby

Gretton Valley, our new development near to Weldon, Corby is now open for reservations.  Gretton Valley is set within the Northamptonshire parkland of Priors Hall Park. It is part of an exciting new community providing housing for first time buyers, growing families and those looking forward to downsizing for the next chapter in their lives.

Situated near to the pretty villages of Gretton and Weldon, Gretton Valley is just two miles outside the town of Corby.  The development will cater for every type of buyer from those looking for a one bedroom home, right through to those looking for a five bedroom detached family home.  For buyers looking for family sized three bedroom homes, the choice is huge with seven house styles to choose from.  Homes with two or four bedrooms come in three styles so there really is something for everyone.

Solar panels are fitted as standard and each home will meet the highest eco-friendly standards.

Gretton Valley offers all the benefits of a modern lifestyle rubbing alongside the traditional values of village life.   It is set within forty acres of wonderful open spaces with cycle paths, walking routes and recreational areas. For the young at heart there will be a number of play areas, woodlands and babbling brooks to discover and explore.

For families, there is a nursery, primary school and secondary school all within a one-mile radius, so the school run need never be a chore again!

Alongside the facilities planned for Priors Hall Park, the nearby village of Weldon offers a number of amenities including pubs, a well-used and good sized village shop and a church. Corby itself is just a short trip away offering shopping, nightlife and a theatre that has a regularly-changing programme of live drama, dance, music, stand-up comedy and film.

Because Corby is a relatively newly-developed town, the main roads and railways into and around the area are outstanding, giving good access to nearby towns as well as to London, Luton and Bedford. There are good transport links to the nearby city of Peterborough and the towns of Market Harborough and Kettering.

To hear more about Gretton Valley and talk to our sales adviser, Pam, please ring 01778 391555.